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Analysis, thoughts, opinions, and jokes from Kyle Durfee
Analysis, thoughts, opinions, and jokes from Kyle Durfee

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You’ve seen my post about modern U.S. fighter jets. Now you can get the scoop on other friendly fighters. First, the stats: Note: several NATO-aligned countries fly Russian-made fighters, but we’re going to ignore those; Russia will get its own post…
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Our Military Today comes from Yesterday As I covered in my last post, not a lot has changed in our military structure since President Truman signed into law the National Security Act of 1947. This organization divides our expertise and military doctrine…
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Gaius Marius reorganized the Roman military in a way that made the soldiers more dependent on their generals than on their civilian leadership. Then, the Roman Republic fell into tyranny. OK, so there’s more to the story, but nonetheless, how a nation…
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Is there a difference between all the different fighter jets you hear about? Does the Army or Navy fly fighter jets, or is it just the Air Force? How many different fighter jets does the U.S. fly right now? Finally, you can have your life’s most important…
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In December 2016, Trump started agitating for the possibility of getting upgraded F/A-18 Super Hornets instead of fulfilling a contract for F-35 Lightning II’s. The F-35 program had long been beset by cost overruns and delays (see my post on “Current…
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The military trains for combat, but can it handle the scrutiny of the public? Recent changes in military aircraft have battle-hardened the armed forces to public scrutiny. We got up-to-speed on the basics of military aircraft last week. Here, we’ll dive…
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It’s an exciting time for military aircraft. Critics and congress have been battling head-to-head with top Air Force and Navy brass over some of the most technologically advanced aircraft ever created. Long before first contact with the enemy, the…
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Scalia’s death Justice Scalia was a solid advocate of originalism in constitutional interpretation (see my post here for what that means). This often put him on the conservative side of things, and in favor with the GOP. After Scalia’s death, and with…
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This post builds off of my previous posts about the concept of a “Conflict of Visions” written by Thomas Sowell. See the brief summary here or the in-depth explanation here. It also builds on my explanation of the concept of “Rugged Landscapes,”…
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I love the idea of organizations like Politifact. These organizations fact-check the statements of politicians and other entities to explain the truth or fiction behind their claims. I think that people make better decisions when they’re better informed,…
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